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No Dent is the twenty-second chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters II. In this chapter, the Ghostbusters attempt to blast open the Slime shell over the Manhattan Museum of Art.

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Plot

The Ghostbusters marched up the the front of the entrance to the Manhattan Museum of Art. Ray told the others to "pull 'em." The Ghostbusters pulled their Particle Throwers out. Egon told everyone to adjust to full neutronas. Ray shouted, "Let's cook!" They opened fire on the shell but it became apparent they were shooting in vain. Ray cued everyone to switch off. The crowds booed and hissed at them.

Egon stated slime mold was pulsing with evil and it would take a tremendous amount of positive energy to crack that shell. He seriously doubted there was enough goodwill left in New York to do it. Ray planted his face on Ecto-1a's hood in frustration then stood back up. He refused to believe there was no way back. He admitted the city was dirty, crowded, polluted, noisy, and full of people who would step on your face but there had to be a few sparks of sweet humanity left, they just had to figure out a way to mobilize it. Egon agreed and added they needed something that everyone could get around. He paused when he saw the Statue of Liberty on the license plate and proposed a symbol. They all started looking downwards. Ray understood, he continued it needed to be something that appealed to the best in each and every person. Egon squatted down and stated it had to be something good. Winston remarked it had to be something decent. Peter suggested it had to be something pure. The camera POV shifted down to Ecto-1a's license plate. It featured an image of the Statue of Liberty.

Trivia

  • In the September 29, 1988 draft, on page 100, only Winston fires at the slime shell in vain.
    • In the movie, all four Ghostbusters fire.
  • In the November 27, 1988 draft and February 27, 1989 draft:
    • On page 109, Peter says he hates Jell-O. The Fire Captain tells the Ghostbusters the crews have been trying to cut the slime shell for three hours. They're told the Titanic arrived. Peter jokes better late than never. Egon tells everyone to go to full neutronas, maser assist.
    • On page 110, the Ghostbusters ask everyone to sing Cumbaya. They only open a dime-sized hole.
      • In the movie, Cumbaya is not sung and it goes straight to the Ghostbusters realizing they can use the Statue of Liberty.
    • On page 111, the Mayor and Jack Hardemeyer arrive outside the museum.
    • On page 112, the Mayor learns people are trapped inside. Hardemeyer wants to call news stations for the PR. Ray tells them they have to act by midnight or city gets sucked into the tenth level of hell. The Fire Captain muses he could get into the museum if he had a nuclear warhead.
      • In the movie, the Mayor and Hardemeyer aren't present. The tenth level of hell line is spoken by the Mayor earlier before he fires Hardemeyer at New York City Hall. This also becomes an alternate scene.
    • On page 113, Hardemeyer pounds the slime shell to prove his point but he gets sucked in. The Mayor takes that in then asks the Ghostbusters what they need. They confer in a diner.
    • On page 114-115, Peter equates everything to people acting like jerks. Egon compares Vigo to Nero and Caligula in Rome and Hitler in Nazi Germany. Ray mentions Stalin and the French Reign of Terror. Winston mentions Pol Pot and Idi Amin. Peter mentions Cardinal Richelieu and George Steinbrenner. The Mayor asks if they want him to go on TV and tell 8 million people to be nice to each other. Peter tells him the only need one thing.
  • The exterior of the Manhattan Museum of Art was filmed at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at 1 Bowling Green in New York City.
  • A sculpture was made of the slime shell scripted to envelop the museum. The sculpture was made of clay, then a plaster mold was done and it was vacuformed in clear plastic. A piece of plexiglass was placed on the back of the vacuform shape. It was mounted in a large metal frame and crew placed tubes, injectors, and bubble makers inside. The crew filled it with water and injected diamond dust, a fine metal powder. The slime shell was shot at high speed with bubbles going in to create water currents. During each take, cameraman Marty Rosenberg would cue people to inject different colors into the tank. Two complete takes were done before the colors mixed together and the tank had to be drained and refilled.[1]
  • In the original trailer for the movie, at the 1:27 mark, Ray Stantz tells the Mayor if they don't do anything about the situation, the Mayor will go down in history as the man who let New York sink into the tenth level of hell.[2] In the final version, the Mayor says it in a meeting with his advisers in a previous scene. This scene from the trailer can be seen in the "Peter's Concern" deleted scene.
  • After the Ghostbusters fail to make a dent in the slime shell around the museum, they huddle near Ecto-1a. In the background is the Mayor's car. Its license plate is a vanity plate "Hizzoner" in reference to New York slang for the Mayor of New York City.
  • In Chapter 28: World is Safe Again, there is a shot of Mayor Lenny walking towards the Ghostbusters at Ecto-1a for the David Margulies credit.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #13:
    • On the Con Cover, Winston in a scene when the guys try to shoot their way into the Manhattan Museum of Art.
  • In Ghostbusters 101 Issue #2:
    • On Page 6, in panel 3, Ray's "Throw 'em" line is used like in the Ghostbusters II 2/27/89 draft when he directs everyone to shoot the slime shell around the Manhattan Museum of Art.

See Also

References

  1. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 34. Cinefex, USA. Bill George says: "To create the slime shell, we first did a sculpture out of clay, made a plaster mold and had it vacuformed in clear plastic. Then we put a piece of plexiglass on the back of the vacuform shape, which effectively made it a clear tank shaped like the slime shell. We mounted this in a large metal frame and placed tubes, injectors and bubble makers inside. Next, we filled the whole thing with water and injected diamond dust--a fine metal powder we first used on Innerspace. The slime shell was shot high-speed with bubbles going in it to create water currents. During each take, cameraman Marty Rosenberg would cue different people to inject different colors into the tank. We could do two complete takes before the colors mixed together so much that we had to drain the tank and refill it again. The tubes with different colored dyes in them were placed all over the inside, so we were able to inject colors selectively. The effect looked pretty neat, and it gave the slime shell the look of life and purpose that was needed."
  2. Ghostbusters YouTube "GHOSTBUSTERS II - Original Trailer (1989)" 6/16/2020

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